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A New Groove

Mat Kearney set his acoustic guitar aside during the songwriting sessions for his new album, Young Love.

The Nashville-based Kearney instead created tunes by starting with programming beats and grooves on a computer, then building songs around the rhythmic skeleton.

“It's probably not the most traditional album I've ever made,” he says.

Kearney says it can be paralyzing to create songs with only an acoustic...


Alberta’s Joyous Blues

In the early 1980s I had the pleasure of seeing Alberta Hunter perform her captivating mix of bawdy blues, ballads and gospel tunes. Hunter was bewitching, her love of the music was infectious. She was in her mid-80s. The last time I saw her perform she had to be helped onstage in a wheelchair, but when she sang the years melted away. The music was in her blood.

In her first career the teenage Hunter started...


The Rapper Next Door

         “F*ck both sides. F*ck the underground. F*ck the overground. F*ck the middle ground. It’s just a bunch of f*cking people trying to find their identities. Once you get comfortable with who you are as a person, you’ll stop complaining about all of that other dumb ass shit,” says Sean Daley, better known these days as Slug of Atmosphere.

         The Minneapolis-based emcee, songwriter and co-founder of...


Alessi’s Ark rides again

* So Phil Lynott's been dead for decades, but a trio of Thin Lizzy  alumni (Scott Gorham, Brian Downey and Darren Wharton) are keeping the songs alive. They'll perform Thin Lizzy classics in a line-up rounded out by Def Leppard's Viv Campbell, bassist Marco Mendoza and The Almighty’s Ricky Warwick  on Saturday, November 6 at the Slowdown, 729 North 14th St.

* In 2008, youthful London songwriter Alessi...


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